Marquez, De Puniet Wrap Testing at Aragon

June 20, 2013

By Byron Wilson

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Suzuki development rider Randy de Puniet remained as the final two riders at Aragon for a final day of testing. De Puniet continued work on the new Suzuki MotoGP machine and logged a 1’49.5 lap time as his fastest of the day, four-tenths of a second off the circuit record lap set by Casey Stoner in 2011. Marquez was even quicker, logging a 1’48.496 as his best effort on lap 51 of 60 aboard his current machine. The rookie GP rider then moved to the 2014 prototype RC213V and turned 13 laps in order to provide feedback to the HRC engineers. Marquez offered his thoughts in Repsol team PR, which are included in full below.

“It’s been a positive test here in Aragon –which is one of my favorite circuits. I have learned quite a lot in these two days, in the beginning I struggled a lot in the long corners but together with my team we have progressed and today I was able to ride well, with a good rhythm. I’ve tested many things and every exit we had a different setting! Now I understand the bike a lot more than at the start of the season and after a few laps I am now able to understand if we have a good setting or not.

Yesterday I concentrated on the coming GP’s and tuning the bike in preparation. Then today I tested new parts, some items with Öhlins and also a new tire from Bridgestone. I was also able to complete 13 laps on the 2014 prototype machine. The first feeling was quite good and the engine has some improvement. With the chassis, there is also an improvement but also some areas to work on but we didn’t do any setup work on the bike. Anyway, this is a very good base for the HRC engineers to work from but at the moment I prefer our current 2013 machine”

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